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Bronwyn Pike acknowledges aged care services training success

25 Mar 2013

Training partnership leads to win-win for Carlton public housing residents and the aged.

An exciting partnership between NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) and the Church of All Nations (CAN) is giving a boost to the employment prospects of public housing residents in Carlton.

A group of 16 residents (many of them refugees) living in public housing near the corner of Lygon and Palmerston Streets, Carlton have completed or are in the process of completing study in the Certificate III in Aged Care through the NMIT / CAN partnership program which delivers training as part of the Church of All Nations Carlton Employment Opportunities Project.

The achievements of the residents were acknowledged on Friday at a ceremony attended by the Minister for Education, Skills and Workforce Participation - Bronwyn Pike. She was joined by representatives from NMIT, the Church of All Nations and Aged Services provider, Australian Unity.

“The Health and Community Studies Department at NMIT is delighted to have established a training partnership with the Church of All Nations,” said NMIT Industry Programs and Skills Recognition Coordinator, Sam Spadafora. “We have been working on the program since December 2009. The Certificate III in Aged Care provides the residents with a vocational qualification and opens up more employment opportunities in an employment growth sector - aged care services. This is a great initiative of the Church of All Nations and we hope the training partnership can continue.”

The Certificate III in Aged Care provides participants with skills they can apply immediately in the workplace including:

  • assist residents with personal care including showering, dressing and grooming
  • transferring residents to beds with the aid of lifting equipment
  • bed making
  • working with people with dementia
  • assisting residents with meals
  • assist nurses in taking resident's blood pressure, temperature, blood glucose

According to a media statement recently issued by the Church of All Nations, “The CEO Project was established in 2009 to address high levels of poverty and poor levels of social inclusion, especially for newly arrived migrants from the Horn of Africa who are residents living on the Carlton housing estates”.

The statement also noted that Carlton public housing residents who have completed the Certificate III in Aged Care will be able to apply for jobs within the Australian Unity “Wellness Precinct” - a hub of retirement living, aged care and community support services to be located in Lygon/Rathdowne Streets. The CAN statement added, “The CEO project met with Australian Unity to discuss local need, and Australian Unity have responded by emphatically saying that they want to employ many local people in their workforce on the Carlton estate from the local Carlton housing estate community...”.

NMIT's Health and Community Studies (HACS) Department works closely with the Aged Care services industry and communities to deliver mutually beneficial training programs with a focus on producing work-ready, employable graduates. Other recent NMIT HACS industry/community partnerships include:

  • Certificate IV in Community Services delivered to Salvation Army emergency relief staff
  • Certificate IV in Disability Work delivered to Spectrum Migrant Resource Centre staff working in community residential units and day centres
  • Induction training for Department of Human Services (Barwon Region) direct care workers in disability
  • Working with a combined industry group of Villa Maria, Yooralla, St. John of God and Care for You trainees in the disability sector.


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NMIT (Northern Melbourne Institute of TAFE) - Situated on six campuses and six training centres throughout Melbourne's north plus a regional campus at Ararat, NMIT delivers vocational training, higher education and lifelong learning capabilities for a global workforce. NMIT forges partnerships with community, industry and government to produce practical, solution orientated graduates capable of making meaningful contributions to their chosen field of endeavour.

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